Francis Ashcroft to receive Honorary Doctorate

Ashcroft, Francis

On Friday 24 May, Prof. F. M. (Frances) Ashcroft, professor at the University of Oxford and internationally renowned researcher in Physiology, will receive an honorary doctorate from Radboud University Nijmegen on the occasion of the ninetieth anniversary of the university.  In addition to Prof. Ashcroft,  Prof. R. (Robbert) Dijkgraaf , director of the Institute for Advanced Study located in Princeton (United States), and Prof.  R. (Robert) Edward Freeman,   professor of Business Administration at the Darden School of the University of Virginia will also be receiving honorary doctorates from Radboud University.

Professor Frances Ashcroft works in the Department of Physiology, Anatomy and Genetics at University of Oxford, where she focuses on understanding the molecular basis of diabetes and in particular the link connecting an increase in blood sugar to the secretion ofinsulin.  Much of her research concentrates on a tiny protein pore known as the ATP-sensitive potassium channel and its role in insulin secretion in both health and disease. She has unravelled how genetic mutations in this protein cause a rare inherited form of diabetes - neonatal diabetes. This has led to a new treatment for people with this disease who have been able to swap their insulin injections for an oral pill. Her work has been published in many journals, including Science and Nature.

Frances Ashcroft is an inspirational leader.  She is widely recognised as a role model for women scientists and is passionate about training of the next generation of scientists. She is a Fellow of the Royal Society of London. She has won many awards including the L'ORÉAL-UNESCO for Women in Science Awards in 2012, the Croonian Lecture of the Royal Society, their premier lecture in the biological sciences (2013) and, in 2007, the Walter B. Cannon Award, the highest award bestowed by the American Physiological Society. She holds honorary doctorates from the Open University and Leicester University. Ashcroft was also one of the main speakers at the Nijmegen Centre for Molecular Life Sciences 2011 New Frontiers symposium.

Frances Ashcroft is committed to advancing the public understanding of science. She is a popular and inspirational speaker at science festivals, museums and schools. She has written two books for the general reader book: the best-selling Life at the Extremes, the Science of Survival (2000) and The Spark of Life: Electricity in the Human Body (2012).



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